As the cooler temperatures gradually arrive in September, we always look forward to heading back out to the trails more frequently. And while we’re building back up our strength, we’re searching for hikes that are moderately challenging and not too long. And the aforementioned reason is one of the many why we love hiking the Pyramid to Scorpion Trail Loop in West Sedona.
Kick off your hike by turning right on the Scorpion Trail. One thing to note: There’s virtually no shade on this trail. Be sure to wear a hat, bring water and slather on sunscreen before you head out. As you hike, you’ll immediately see why mountain bikers love this trail. The ascent is gradual, and the trail winds in a way that makes it more of a fun challenge. You’ll pass by agave and prickly pear cactus all along the trail. When you first start, be sure to look right to see views of Upper Red Rock Loop Road from above and hear the cars whiz by. At 0.4 miles, they’ll be a barbed fence to your left. Head straight here. At 0.6 miles, a fallen tree branch blocks a spot where it looks the trail branches off. Turn right at this spot. After hugging a red rock pyramid formation, you’ll eventually arrive at a sign for Pyramid and Scorpion Trails at about the 1 mile marker. Look to your left for a view of Coffee Pot Rock in the distance. Take the Pyramid Trail here. This spot is a little tricky to navigate. You’ll want to look behind you at the Scorpion Trail and take the right fork to go up and onto the Pyramid Trail.
From here, the Pyramid Trail winds and then descends. At around 1.3 miles and onward, you’ll be able to spot Cathedral Rock in the distance. Be sure to admire that view – consider it your reward for getting closer to the trail’s end. Red rocks occasionally obscure the trail. But you can find it again if you look out in the distance for a cleared path. Mind your footing here since the rocks can be slick. At 1.7 miles, you’ll be up close to the pyramid red rock. Enjoy the view and the shade here. Continue onward, and you’ll eventually end up back in the parking lot and have completed a hike that clocks in at a total of 2.3 miles.